IBSA Fund Annual Report-FIJI

Fiji

Empowering Rural Women: Scaling Up the Rocket Stove Project

Approved Budget:

$275,525

Duration:

October 2017– October 2020

Mostly contributing to:

SDG 5

Partners

Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation; Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Fiji; Community Centred Conservation Fiji; Gender Climate Change Alliance Fiji Ltd.; Grace Trifam Ministry; Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP); United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Fiji

Overview

This project contributes to improving the livelihoods and health of women in rural areas of Fiji through the adoption of a new cooking method using rocket stoves. These are small, efficient stoves that are built from resources available locally, use little wood and produce clean flames with no smoke. The project will train women and girls in using rocket stoves and climate-change awareness, build a warehouse to facilitate the distribution of sample stoves to communities, and provide training toolkits and follow-up visits to support the successful adoption of the new cooking techniques among households.

Results (Intended Outcomes/Outputs)

  • 1,500 women empowered through participating in the production of rocket stoves and gaining knowledge about climate-change adaptation and mitigation;
  • Savings in household expenses by reducing the use of fossil fuels such as kerosene and gas;
  • Deforestation reduced as demand for firewood falls;
  • Carbon emissions lowered owing to cleaner flames and reduced cooking time; and
  • Health and well-being improved through the reduction in firewood-collection duties, risks of cooking accidents and fires, and respiratory diseases.

Key Achievement

1,350 women are trained in the production and use of energy-efficient, improved rocket stoves, which contribute to reducing the use of fossil fuels and deforestation for firewood.

Link of the Project to National Priorities

The project aligns with the outcomes of the Department of Energy and the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation in promoting the use of energy-efficient biomass cookstoves. The project contributes to the “Plant 4 Million Trees in 4 Years Initiative” of the Ministry of Forests along with the distribution of the rocket stoves.

Strengthening South-South Cooperation

Tonga and Kiribati showed interest in having Fijian women trainers go to those two countries to assist women in making the improved rocket stoves. The exchange at this point is limited to sharing of knowledge.

Challenges and Lessons Learned

Some community members lack the skills to use the tools to make the new rocket stoves. Some tools were damaged, which contributed to the delay in the fabrication process. To overcome that challenge, focal points in the communities were taught the correct way to use tools and help the rocket-stove users with fabrication.

Way Forward

Based on the success rate of implementation of the IBSA-funded rocket-stove initiative, the GEF Small Grants Programme in Fiji has planned to extend the new call for proposals to interested non-governmental organizations (NGOs)/community-based organizations that would like to continue implementing the rocket-stove initiative. Also, the Government has a plan to have a curriculum developed specifically on the fabrication of the rocket stove. This curriculum will be used by Barefoot College Fiji, a national training centre for national/regional women that is currently being built in the district of Nadogo, Macuata.

Women learning to construct energy-efficient rocket stoves
Women preparing energy-efficient rocket stoves